About Page Access Releasetime

Enables you to set a start- and end-time for the release of pages. Prevents unreleased pages from being displayed.

Category Users and Access
Modules dealing with access in ProcessWire via Users, Roles or Permissions.
Release StateBeta
Close to stable, but users are advised to be cautious and test thoroughly.*
Module Version1.0.4
Class NamePageAccessReleasetime
Date AddedFebruary 11, 2019
Last UpdatedApril 25, 2020
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This module's files should be placed in /site/modules/PageAccessReleasetime/
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Enables you to set a start- and end-time for the release of pages. Prevents unreleased pages from being displayed.

ProcessWire-Module: http://modules.processwire.com/modules/page-access-releasetime/

Support-Forum: https://processwire.com/talk/topic/20852-module-page-access-releasetime/

Github-Repo: https://github.com/Sebiworld/PageAccessReleasetime


PageAccessReleasetime can be installed like every other module in ProcessWire. Check the following guide for detailed information: How-To Install or Uninstall Modules

After that, you will find checkboxes for activating the releasetime-fields at the settings-tab of each page. You don't need to add the fields to your templates manually.

Check e.g. the checkbox "Activate Releasetime from?" and fill in a date in the future. The page will not be accessable for your users until the given date is reached.

If you have $config->pagefileSecure = true, the module will protect files of unreleased pages as well.

How it works

This module hooks into Page::viewable and Page::listable to prevent users to access unreleased pages:

public function hookPageViewable($event) {
	$page = $event->object;
	$viewable = $event->return;

		// If the page would be viewable, additionally check Releasetime and User-Permission
		$viewable = $this->canUserSee($page);
	$event->return = $viewable;

public function hookPageListable($event) {
	$page = $event->object;
	$listable = $event->return;

		// If the page would be listable, additionally check Releasetime and User-Permission
		$listable = $this->canUserSee($page);
	$event->return = $listable;

To prevent access to the files of unreleased pages, we hook into Page::isPublic and ProcessPageView::sendFile.

The site/assets/files/ directory of pages, which isPublic() returns false, will get a '-' as prefix. This indicates ProcessWire (with activated $config->pagefileSecure) to check the file's permissions via PHP before delivering it to the client.

public function hookPageIsPublic($e) {
	$page = $e->object;
	if($e->return && $this->isReleaseTimeSet($page)) {
		$e->return = false;

The check wether a not-public file should be accessable happens in ProcessPageView::sendFile. We throw an 404 Exception if the current user must not see the file.

public function hookProcessPageViewSendFile($e) {
	$page = $e->arguments[0];
	if(!$this->canUserSee($page)) {
		throw new Wire404Exception('File not found');

Additionally we hook into ProcessPageEdit::buildForm to add the PageAccessReleasetime fields to each page and move them to the settings tab.


In the current version, releasetime-protected pages will appear in wire('pages')->find() queries. If you want to display a list of pages, where pages could be releasetime-protected, you should double-check with $page->viewable() or $page->listable() (for lists) wether the page can be accessed. $page->viewable() returns false, if the page is not released yet.

To filter unreleased pages, add the PageAccessReleasetime::selector to your selector:

$onlyReleasedPages = wire('pages')->find('template.name=news, ' . PageAccessReleasetime::selector);

If you have an idea how unreleased pages can be filtered out of ProcessWire selector queries, feel free to write an issue, comment or make a pull request!


We use SemVer for versioning. For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.


This project is licensed under the Mozilla Public License Version 2.0 - see the LICENSE.md file for details.